PETALING JAYA: The legal fraternity has paid tribute to the late former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Karam Chand Vohrah (pic) – also known as KC Vohrah.
Recalling his days of working with Vohrah, Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun said Vohrah was a great boss as the then head of the Advisory Division of the AG Chambers.
“He was a great boss and so effective. l learned a lot from him and he always kept communication lines open between him and officers of the AGC, ” he said.
As a judge, Idrus, who has prosecuted cases before Vohrah, said he was firm, learned and always patient.
“We will miss him and may God bless his soul, ” he said.
Former Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif said Vohrah was an exemplary judge known for his intellect and integrity.
“He was my boss when I was a young officer at the advisory division. He was always so kind and caring, especially to young officers, ” he said.
Another former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi described Vohrah as an “extremely honest, upright and meticulous officer”, whom he has the highest regard for.
“I knew him when I served under the AGC. His death is a great loss to the legal fraternity, ” he said.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also expressed his condolences to Vohrah’s family.
“Datuk Vohrah, who is from Melaka, is a Malaysian citizen who should be emulated. His dedication to the judiciary that truly upholds the principles of justice has inspired many professionals, ” he said yesterday.
Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, who is also Suhakam commissioner, described Vohrah as “a beacon of inspiration who is respected by his peers.”
He said Vohrah’s knowledgeable and friendly approach was the reason why junior officers loved to go to him for advice and opinions.
“On the bench, he had high integrity and was well learned in the law, ” he said, adding that his inspiring landmark judgement in the famous Ayer Molek Rubber Company vs Insas Bhd case in the 1990s was a must-read for all lawyers and law students.
Senior lawyer Datuk Roger Tan described Vohrah as “a giant of a man” with great honour and integrity.
“He was a fiercely independent judge, intrepid enough to point out to his boss that the latter was wrong in the handling of the 1988 judicial crisis.
“He once expressed his displeasure to his boss when a garrulous deputy minister of law came visiting the courtroom and immediately sat on the seat of justice, ” he said.
As a lawyer so much junior to Vohrah, Tan said he could not but be inspired when the former judge never stopped encouraging him to write his column.
Describing Vohrah an exceptional gentleman, Malaysian Bar president Salim Bashir Bhaskaran said he was a judge of high integrity as well as good temperament during his days on the bench.
“His judgments are usually couched in very simple language, succinctly to the issues at hand and often used as authoritative references by judges and lawyers, ” he said.
His passing, he added, has left a great void in the legal fraternity and they had lost a great legal luminary.
The Malaysian Bar, said Salim Bashir, also acknowledged Vohrah’s contribution in Institutional Reform Commitee (IRC) to study and suggest reforms of government agencies and institutions.
“We hope that the current government could consider adopting some of the recommendations to be implemented.”
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